1967 Ford F-100 - Project Speed Bump: Part 10

Part 10: Do-It-Yourself Steering

Dec 13, 2017
Photographers: Sean P. Holman
When you last saw Project Speed Bump, it was at LGE-CTS Motorsports getting some color laid down and finally looking like the vision in our heads. While the hard part of all the paint and body is (mostly) behind us, there is still a ton of work to complete, including figuring out what to do with our steering system.
As those of you who have been following our progress know, we previously swapped in a Crown Vic front clip with a Ford factory steering rack, and the cab had to be replaced with one from a different truck. This left us with no factory column to work with and off to research aftermarket options.
What we came across was a direct-replacement “Retrofit” column from ididit. Known for making high-quality columns that come with everything necessary for a do-it-yourselfer to install at home, ididit was the perfect choice for Project Speed Bump. It’s important to note the GM-based ididit Retrofit columns are not stock. They are designed with the idea that you’ll be using an aftermarket steering wheel and that the dash and firewall have not been modified from stock—check and check for Speed Bump.
Photo 2/15   |   Our ididit column came with everything needed for an easy and successful installation. We also got the pieces we would need to make a custom steering linkage.
For the ’67-to-’72 Ford F-100 applications, ididit designed one column for both two- and four-wheel-drive trucks, with either manual or power steering. The key is in the variable-length column that uses a sliding lower shaft to change length. This makes it a nice feature for those who aren’t sure if their truck is using a Bendix or Saginaw box, or for a build like ours that uses a rack and pinion setup. One column for all these applications means less work for you when the time comes to figure out which part number your truck requires.
They are also designed for a perfect fit and are available in several configurations and finishes, including the powdercoated black tilt and column shift model we selected for our build. Because they are GM-based, you won’t be able to use your factory Ford wheel, and an ididit installation kit is included to connect your new column’s GM plug to your factory wiring. For our application, we chose the 3/4-36 lower shaft, eight-position tilt, as well as a column shifter. Different options are available, depending on your individual needs.
With everything ididit includes with the column, installation only took a few hours, including making our linkage to connect the column to the steering rack. If your truck is in need of a new column, check out ididit for a quality replacement and effortless install.
Photo 3/15   |   The ididit column has a shifter arm at the base of the column that needs to be removed so the firewall seal can be slid in place. We sourced an OEM firewall seal in good condition from the Internet.
Photo 4/15   |   With the shift arm removed, you can see how the firewall seal will slide right on. The shifter arm can also be clocked for your transmission cable. Note the GM-style flat electrical connector. Included with the column is a kit to adapt your factory wiring to the ididit column.
Photo 5/15   |   Next, we loosely installed the two underdash mounting bolts and inserted the column through the firewall.
Photo 6/15   |   Moving to the engine compartment, we installed the column-mounting bracket om the firewall.
Photo 7/15   |   Here, you can see the column clamp installed and tightened. Once the location of the column was set, we returned to the cab and tightened the dash-mounting bolts.
Photo 8/15   |   With the column installed, we turned our attention to the steering linkage. We used a stainless steel Borgeson 3/4-36-spline to ¾-inch DD isolation coupler for the column side of the linkage.
Photo 9/15   |   The Crown Victoria steering rack uses a Mustang-style V, so on the rack side we used a stainless steel Borgeson Mustang V to 3/4-inch DD U-joint.
Photo 10/15   |   Once our joints were in place, it was time for us to mock up our 3/4-inch DD shaft and measure the length needed to connect our column to our rack. We used a stainless Borgeson universal shaft and cut it down to size.
Photo 11/15   |   Next, we installed the now-correct length of shaft and marked where we would need reliefs drilled out for our setscrews.
Photo 12/15   |   With our reliefs drilled for the setscrews, we reassembled our linkage and tightened all the screws down.
Photo 13/15   |   Thanks to a compact engine, the steering linkage was a straight shot from the column to the rack and looks right at home under the hood of Project Speed Bump.
Photo 14/15   |   Returning to the cab, we installed the stalks and knobs for the tilt and turn signals, while also installing the knobs for the column shifter.
Photo 15/15   |   Without any wiring in the truck yet to wire up the column, our final step at this point was to install our steering wheel of choice.

Sources

Ididit
517-424-0577
www.ididit.com

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